This is a comment that I promoted to a post. Kudos to Evil Angel for back this condom policy as well as to Glenn King.
This wasn’t a recent decision for me.. it was decided around 5 months ago. I proposed to Evil Angel back in May that I produce/direct my first hardcore sex series. When I told Christian Mann it was going to be all condom, his answer was (I paraphrase) “we are not against condoms. We are for choice. We leave that decision up to you, the producer. We support your decision 100%.. we are much more interested in whether you can bring us content that is compelling, unique, and marketable”. Nacho Vidal is also shooting condom content for Evil Angel. It’s not a problem.
Just to be clear, though, I use all condoms in my videos because it’s the law. If the law were to allow, I would be condom optional. I would film a speech before every scene where I explain to all performers that the best way to minimize risk is to use condoms. If they chose to decline, I would ask them to sign a piece of paper acknowledging that they made an informed, consensual decision. My guess is that 50% of the time, the performers would decline to use condoms.
I use the PASS system along with the condoms. I don’t care which medical facility a performer tests with and I don’t want to see a paper test than can be modified. My PM logs into the PASS system the day before the scene at 4PM. If the performer doesn’t have a green light in the system, the agent has an hour to correct this. If the performer doesnt have a green light by 5PM the day before, he or she is replaced in the scene. We don’t need to know why, just that the performer is not eligible to perform in this scene.
I don’t think it’s particularly notable that I’m using condoms in my scenes. I talked to a lot of producers at the last meeting who are heading in that direction, or at least in the direction of being condom-optional. It’s probably more notable that I’m paying each performer a $25 testing subsidy with each scene. I think it’s wishful thinking when someone says “the perfomers make plenty of money. If they can’t afford more testing they should sell some of their gucci purses” and its equally naive to think that producers are making so much money that we can easily afford to pay for testing. The big money days in porn are long gone… For almost every producer I know, every extra dollar that comes out of our pocket is painful. 14 day testing is going to be financially painful and I think we should share in the burden, or maybe figure out a system where tests can be paid for out of a producer funded account.